The Songcircle

In a songcircle, songs are bandied back and forth. Perhaps around a fire. Each week on The Songcircle, we try to spark a fire and bounce artists' songs off one another in a similar way. Sometimes in service of a common theme or genre. Sometimes paying tribute to a beloved artist with rare recordings. Sometimes responding to events that impact us all. Always, we strive to present music both new and familiar in a fresh context. You might not love every song, but stay tuned - the next one might be a new favorite!

Jeff Rosenberg is a longtime KBOO DJ and contributor to the Music section of Willamette Week.

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The Songcircle on 05/30/14

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Fri, 05/30/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 05/23/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 05/23/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 05/16/14

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Fri, 05/16/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 05/02/14

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Fri, 05/02/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle welcomes the Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band, feat. Mike & Ruthy of the Mammals!

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Fri, 04/25/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Live music from the Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band, featuring Mike and Ruthy!
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason found folkie fame by writing and performing the celebrated soundtrack to Ken Burns' The Civil War. Their daughter Ruth Merenda (nee Ungar) and her husband Michael Merenda were 2/3 of The Mammals (alongside Pete Seeger's grandson, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger), the state-of-the-art folk-rock band of the '90s/'00s. Both these generations of couples have joined together as the Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band.

R.I.P. Jesse Winchester

The Songcircle
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Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The songs of the late, great Jesse Winchester, sung by himself and some esteemed admirers

The Songcircle on 04/11/14

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Fri, 04/11/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Legendary Texas Troubadour Joe Ely Visits The Songcircle

The Songcircle
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Fri, 04/04/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Joe Ely on The Songcircle!

The Songcircle on 03/28/14

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Fri, 03/28/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 03/21/14

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Fri, 03/21/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Jane Siberry Live on KBOO

The Songcircle
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Fri, 12/05/2014
  • Length: 19:49 minutes (18.14 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Peter Mulvey Live on KBOO

The Songcircle
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Fri, 10/24/2014
  • Title: Peter Mulvey
  • Length: 22:31 minutes (15.46 MB)
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Songcircle 3/4/11 Interview with John Wesley Harding/Wesley Stace

The Songcircle
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Thu, 03/10/2011

 Singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding, a.k.a. author Wesley Stace, stopped by to discuss his new novel, Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer, about an early-20th-century opera composer whose career is cut short by a scandalous murder-suicide. Wes performed the folk ballad "Little Musgrave," which figures prominently in the novel's plot. He also shared two new tunes from his forthcoming, made-in-Portland album.

Following the approx. 50 minute interview is a brief snippet of British folk legend Nic Jones' "The Flandyke Shore"; Wes paid tribute to Jones on the great 1999 album, Trad Arr Jones, on which he first performed "Little Musgrave".


SongCircle playlist for 06/03/2011

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Jimmy Webb w/Jackson BrowneP.F. SloanJust Across the River
Bob DylanSong to WoodyBob Dylan
Willis Alan RamseyBoy from OklahomaWillis Alan Ramsey
Arlo GuthrieVictor JaraAmigo
Tim HardinTribute to Hank WilliamsTim Hardin 2
Dan BernTalking Bob and Woody, Dan and Bruce BluesSmartie Mine
The JayhawksMiss Williams' GuitarTomorrow the Green Grass
John CaleMr. WilsonSlow Dazzle
Robyn HitchcockI Saw Nick DrakeA Star for Bram
Jeff RosenbergArthur LeeCarpe Demo (Version 2.0)
Patti SmithAbout a BoyPaths that Cross [Bootleg]
Neil YoungSleeps with AngelsSleeps with Angels
Rufus WainwrightMemphis SkylineWant Two
Aimee MannJust Like AnyoneBachelor No. 2
PJ HarveyMemphisGood Fortune [single]
Cat PowerSong to BobbyJukebox
Bob DylanLast Thoughts on Woody GuthrieThe Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3
Stevie WonderSir DukeSongs in the Key of Life

The Songwriters' Songwriters: All songs by songwriters about other songwriters!

SongCircle playlist for 04/01/2011

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Simon & GarfunkelApril Come She WillSounds of Silence
Rufus WainwrightApril FoolsRufus Wainwright
Elvis PresleyThe FoolElvis Country
Bobby "Blue" BlandI Pity the FoolTwo Steps from the Blues
Sam CookeGet Yourself Another FoolNight Beat
Frank SinatraFools Rush InThe Voice of Frank Sinatra
The BeatlesFool on the Hill (solo demo)unreleased
Elvis CostelloRunning out of Fools (solo demo)unreleased
Elvis CostelloYou Little FoolImperial Bedroom
The YoungbloodsFoolin' Around (The Waltz)The Youngbloods
The BluebellsEverybody's Somebody's FoolThe Singles Collection
Little Jimmy Scott with the Lionel Hampton OrchestraEverybody's Somebody's FoolWhen Love Goes Wrong: Songs for the Brokenhearted
Bob DylanI'm a Fool for YouA Tree With Roots (unreleased Basement Tapes)
James CarrI'm a Fool for YouThe Complete Goldwax Singles
Betty LavetteLove Made a Fool of MeTake Another Little Piece of my Heart
The BunchLove's Made a Fool of YouThe Bunch
Ry CooderMarried Man's a FoolParadise and Lunch
Little VillageFool Who KnowsLive in Boston 1992
Graham ParkerFool's GoldHeat Treatment
Candi StatonI'd Rather Be an Old Man's Sweetheart (Than to Be a Younger Man's Fool)Candi Staton
Ron SexsmithShip of FoolsTime Being
The DoorsShip of FoolsMorrison Hotel
World PartyShip of FoolsPrivate Revolution
Elvis CostelloShip of Fools/It Must Have Been the RosesStolen Roses: Songs of the Grateful Dead
Bob SegerShip of FoolsNight Moves
The Rolling StonesFool to CryBlack and Blue

April Fools!

SongCircle playlist for 03/11/2011

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Mike Peters of The AlarmThe Chant Has Just Begun (acoustic)The Alarm Complete (personalized version)
Lucinda WilliamsSoldier's SongBlessed
PJ HarveyThe Words That Maketh MurderLet England Shake
Bob DylanThis Wheel's On FireMadison, NJ 4/13/96
Joe Strummer and the MescalarosGet Down Moses (live)London, 11/15/02
Solomon BurkeMaggie's FarmProud Mary
Wilson PickettHey Jude (live)Stockholm 1969
Percy SledgeKind WomanThe Atlantic Recordings
Mary Margaret O'HaraWhen You Know Why You're HappyMiss America
Joanna NewsomOn a Good DayHave One on Me
Paul SimonLove in Hard TimesSo Beautiful or So What
Josh RitterOrbitalSo Runs the World Away
Ron SexsmithThe Reason WhyLong Player Late Bloomer
Holcombe WallerI Can Feel ItInto the Dark Unknown
Rachel HarringtonYou Don't KnowCelilo Falls
Iris DeMentWasteland of the FreeThe Way I Should
The Neville BrothersAmazing Grace/Down by the Riverside/AmenTreacherous: A History of the Neville Brothers
Brian WilsonSurf's UpBrian Wilson Presents Smile

SongCircle playlist for 03/04/2011

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Bob DylanBob Dylan's DreamThe Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Bob DylanSuze (The Cough Song)The Bootleg Series Volume 1 (1991-1991)
John TrudellShadow over SisterlandJohnny Damas and Me
Yoko OnoYangyangApproximately Infinite Universe
Pete Seeger and Arlo GuthrieUnion MaidWoody Guthrie: Hard Traveling; Original Soundtrack
Billy BraggThere is Power in a UnionTalking with the Taxman about Poetry
Billy BraggWhich Side are You On?Brewing Up with Billy Bragg (reissue)
Billy BraggNever Cross a Picket LineThe Internationale (reissue)
Richard ThompsonSweetheart on the BarricadesIndustry
John Wesley HardingLittle Musgravelive in studio
"Starbucks (?)"
"Uncle Dad"

SongCircle playlist for 02/11/2011

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Tim BuckleyThe RiverBlue Afternoon
"Song of the MagicianTim Buckley10
"TroubadourLive at the Folklore Center9
"HallucinationsGoodbye and Hello*8
"Sing a Song for YouHappy Sad*5
"Buzzin' FlyDream Letter: Live in London 19684
"Morning GloryGoodbye and Hello*3
"Once I WasGoodbye and Hello*2
"Song to the Siren (live TV version)Morning Glory: The Tim Buckley Anthology1
"*also available on Morning Glory: The Tim Buckley Anthology
"Honey ManSefronia
"Get on TopLive at Starwood, 1975
"Long TideTim Buckley (2011 Rhino Handmade reissue)

I hope you enjoyed today's tribute to Tim Buckley. Many thanks to Larry Beckett for his participation. The numbers in the "label" column above represent the placement of the songs in the "top ten" countdown compiled by Tim and Larry.

Check out the brand-new, limited-edition deluxe reissue of Tim Buckley's self-titled debut album, featuring a bonus disc of early recordings and demos, and liner notes by Larry himself. Not in stores, available online only at -- HERE.

SongCircle playlist for 01/28/2011

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Angelique KidjoVoodoo ChildOremi
Neville and Shiela StaplesUp from the SkiesSearching for Jimi Hendrix
DionPurple HazeDion
PrincePurple HousePower of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix
PretendersRoom Full of MirrorsGet Close
The Gil Evans OrchestraCrosstown TrafficThe Gil Evans Orchestra Plays the Music of Jimi Hendrix
Chaka Khan & Kenny OlsonLittle WingPower of Soul:Tribute
Rotary ConnectionBurning of the Midnight LampBlack Gold: The Best of The Rotary Connection
Eric GalesMay This be LovePower of Soul:Tribute
Mark IshamStone FreeSearching for Jimi Hendrix
Jimi HendrixTears of RageWest Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology

SongCircle playlist for 01/21/2011

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Dark Dark DarkDaydreamingWild Go
Evan DandoHard DriveBaby I'm Bored
Norah JonesSunriseFeels Like Home
Loudon Wainwright IIIDouble Lifetimelive, unreleased
"The Panic is OnTen Songs from the New Depression
"Krugman Blues"
"Thank You, Mr. Hubblelive, unreleased
"Morgue (a.k.a. A Guilty Conscience and a Broken Heart)"
"Fear ItselfTen Songs from the New Depression
"Unfriendly Skieslive, unreleased
"Samoa and Tonga"
LWIII w/Nederlands Blazers EnsembleI am the WaySi Dolce (live, 1/1/2000)
"The Last Day"
Loudon Wainwright IIIMiddle of the NightTen Songs from the New Depression
Brian CuteanMississippi John 'n' TajGuitarred and Feathered
"A Small WordParakeetfishhead
Alice DiMiceleWalk with MeLive
Jim PageI Want a New AmericaGhost Bikes
Peter CaseIf You've Got a Light to ShineBeeline
Eric AndersenHoneyMore Hits from Tin Can Alley

Featuring recent songs by Loudon Wainwright III, playing 1/24 at the Aladdin Theater, and tunes from Page, Cutean, and DiMicele, playing 1/29 at Alberta Rose Theatre. The preceding alternate spellings of "Theater/re" are [sic], [sic], [sic]!

SongCircle playlist for 01/14/2011

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Gillian Welch and David RawlingsOrphan GirlA Prairie Home Companion: Duets
Fraser & DeBoltThem Dance Hall GirlsFraser & DeBolt with Ian Guenther
Robert Plant/Alison KraussStick with Me BabyRaising Sand
Mike and RuthyEnd of TimeMillion to One
Gram Parsons w/Emmylou HarrisWe'll Sweep out the Ashes (alternate)The Complete Reprise Sessions
John Prine w/Iris DeMentLet's Invite Them OverIn Spite of Ourselves
Stubby Kaye and Edith AdamsI'm Past My PrimeLi'l Abner: Original Broadway Cast Recording
Johnny Cash w/June Carter CashJacksonJohnny Cash at Folsom Prison
Mike Nichols and Elaine MayA Little More GauzeIn Retrospect
Mickey and SylviaLove is Strangesingle
Corinne West and Kelly Joe PhelpsWhiskey Poetlive on air
"Gypsy Harbor"
"AmeliaMagnetic Skyline
"Mother to Childlive on air
Lucinda Williams and David CrosbyReturn of the Grievous AngelReturn of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons
Richard and Linda ThompsonFirst Light (demo)Dreams Fly Away: The Best of Linda Thompson
Nick Cave w/Kylie MinogueWhere the Wild Roses GrowMurder Ballads
Nancy Sinatra and Lee HazelwoodSome Velvet MorningNancy and Lee
Rory MacLeod and Aimee LeonardWhen Mommy and Daddy Made Melive on KBOO, from the KBOO archives
Gordon MacRae and Jo Stafford"A", You're Adorable (The Alphabet Song)The Golden Voice of Gordon MacRae
Marvin Gaye and Tammi TerrellIf I Could Build My World around YouThe Master: 1961-1984

SongCircle playlist for 01/07/2011

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J.R.R TolkeinA Elbereth GilthonielPoems and Songs of Middle Earth119 on 1/3
Pink FloydThe GnomeThe Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Syd BarrettGolden HairOpel65 on 1/6
The Beatles (George Martin)Eleanor Rigby (Strings Only)Anthology Vol. 2GM: 85 on 1/3
The Doors (Robby Krieger)Spanish CaravanWaiting for the SunRK 65 on 1/8
Van Dyke ParksThe All-GoldenSong Cycle68 on 1/3
Led Zeppelin (John Paul Jones; Jimmy Page)Traveling Riverside BluesBBC SessionsJPJ: 65 on 1/3; JP: 67 on 1/9
Paul Revere and the Raiders (Paul Revere)Steppin' OutNuggets: Original Artyfacts from the Psychedelic Era [Box Set]PR: 73 on 1/7
Buffalo Springfield (Steven Stills)Four Days GoneLast Time AroundSS: 66 on 1/3
David BowieWild is the WindStation to Station64 on 1/8
Jennifer Warnes with Leonard CohenJoan of ArcFamous Blue RaincoatJoan of Arc: 599 on 1/6
Elvis PresleyTomorrow is a Long Timesame76 on 1/8
Sandy Denny"Sandy Denny [Box Set]64 on 1/6
"Who Knows Where the Time Goes (demo)"
"Blackwaterside (alt. take)"
"Love's Made a Fool of Me"
"When Will I Be Loved"
"Lord Bateman"
"No More Sad Refrains (Granada TV version)"

Birthday boys and girls!

SongCircle playlist for 12/31/2010

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Bob DylanDays of '49Self Portrait
Randy NewmanDayton, Ohio 1903Live in San Francisco 1974
Woody Guthrie1913 MassacreStruggle
The ZombiesButcher's Tale (Western Front 1914)Odessey and Oracle
Patti Smith1959Peace and Noise
Rickie Lee JonesOn Saturday Afternoons in 1963Rickie Lee Jones
Dave Alvin1968Blackjack David
Charlie Daniels BandSummer of '68Land that I Love
The Stooges1969 (Original John Cale Mix)The Stooges (Deluxe Edition)
The Stooges1970 (Single Mix)Funhouse (Deluxe Edition)
Ringo StarrEarly 1970Photograph: The Best of Ringo Starr
Robyn Hitchcock1974Storefront Hitchcock
The Clash1977Super Black Market Clash
Ana Tijoux19771977
Spirit1984Clear (reissue)
EurythmicsSexcrime (1984)Greatest Hits (UK Edition)
The Temptations1990Psychedelic Soul
CadallacaWinter Storm '98Introducing Cadallaca
Conan O'BrienIn the Year 2000 (snippet)Late Night with Conan O'Brien
Dan Bern2014live
Zager and EvansIn the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)Nipper's Greatest Hits


Marie-Josee Dandeneau

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